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Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

Dental Hygienists educated outside Denmark (including dental hygienists from the Nordic countries and the EU/EEC countries) must hold Danish authorization to be able to use the title Dental Hygienists in Denmark and the Faroe Islands. As a result of international agreements, different rules govern the recognition of qualifications obtained abroad, depending on the applicant’s nationality, and where the education took place. For this reason, applicants are divided into two groups.
You will find application form and further information at the link below.

Nordic educated dental hygienists

Dental Hygienists educated outside the Nordic countries

There is a fee of DKK 313 for registration to be paid when the Danish National Board has evaluated your application.

Please be informed that in connection with the administration of an application, all information including personal data is processed electronically by the National Board of Health. Pursuant to the Personal Data Act (persondataloven), all parties involved  - with some exceptions – have e.g. a right to access to the information that is processed. For further information see

Official licensing body in the country

National Board of Health (Sundhedsstyrelsen)
Islands Brygge 67
2300 Københaven S

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

The Danish Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?


Main local and/or official language(s)

Danish is the official language.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?


Information on the local working environment

The average working weeks is 37 hours. Most hygienists work in private practice.

Standard tasks that a hygienist is allowed to undertake in the country
  • Patient screening procedures ( infection control procedures)

  • Coronal polishing

  • Injections (pain management)

  • Dental radiographs X-ray

  • Remove calcus and plaque

  • Apply preventive material (sealants and fluorides)

  • Teaching appropriate oral hygiene ( health education and preventive counseling)

  • Counseling patients ( nutrition)

  • Orthodontics

  • Periodontitis

Further information

The Danish Association of Dental Hygienis
Elisabeth Gregersen


Country Statistics
Total Population 5,529,270
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male 1,600 / 60
Number of Dentists 5,000
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 2 / 110
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time 30% / 70%
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 1,200 / 400
Number of Dental Hygienists in independent practice 25
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators 75
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants 100
Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings 30
Information based on data received by IFDH in:



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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.

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